• OT student with client
  • Students and client
  • OT student with client
  • Students and client
  • OT student with client

The Department of Occupational Therapy was the first non-teacher education program at Western Michigan University and is consistently ranked among the top 50 such programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Currently, we are the top ranked program in the state of Michigan.

As part of the College of Health and Human Services, the Department of Occupational Therapy is an inclusive community of learners that embraces, respects and advocates for human diversity. The college has a sustained commitment to eliminating disparities in health care and other human services by using dynamic methods to infuse this perspective into curricula, clinical practice and research.

Accreditation information

logoThe occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number is (301) 652-AOTA.

WMU OT Graduation Rates 2016-18

YearTotal
admitted
Total number
of graduates
Graduation
rate
2018 96 89 92.7%
2017 96 94 97.9%
2016 96 96 100%

Interprofessional programs

Learn about I-PEER

IPEER logoThe Interprofessional Peer Education and Evidence for Recovery program provides enhanced  training in behavioral health best practices for social work and occupational therapy students while completing fieldwork. Students placed in a qualifying field site are eligible for a $10,000 stipend. Learn more about this federally-funded project from WMU's Department of Occupational Therapy and School of Social Work.

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Learn about MY-PROUD

The Michigan Youth Prevention and Recovery from Opioid Use Disorders program provides enhanced training in treatment approaches for children and transitionally-aged youth who are at risk of or experiencing opioid or other substance  use disorders. Students placed in a qualifying field site are eligible for a $10,000 stipend. Learn more about this federally-funded project from WMU's Department of Occupational Therapy and School of Social Work.

News and Events

Student Empowerment Using a Collaborative Model in Level II Fieldwork Education
Click here to read an article interpreting the benefits of a collaborative model, and what the literature reports as potential challenges and solutions. By Holly Grieves, OTD, OTRL.

Creating a functional therapy space with giant blocksLEGO house
Occupational therapy students and faculty worked with staff at the Unified Clinics to create a unique new space in the Occupational Therapy Clinic to be used for working with children who have sensory disorders. The space was constructed with large, plastic, interlocking bricks.

retirement communityWMU students moved to retirement home as part of intergenerational study
For more than a year, three OT grad students have lived in a communal setting off campus, similar to a residence hall with common areas and a dining center. But, in this case, the students are sharing their meals, time and personal lives with neighbors who are in their 80s and 90s

adorable childWMU grad programs ranked among nation's best by U.S. News
The latest annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of the top graduate programs in the nation shows Western Michigan University with eight programs ranked among the top 100 in their disciplines, four in the top 50 and two programs assessed as the best of their kind in Michigan. 
In the latest round of rankings released March 14, WMU's occupational therapy program at No. 32 nationally, making it the state's highest ranking program in that discipline.